Two Arrested After Woman Shot in Face with Lethal Airgun

A woman was shot in the face while riding a scooter on Chongqing South Road in Taipei City yesterday, December 7. Two men were arrested in relation to the incident later the same day.

At around 1:00am, Ms Wu was heading home to Yonghe District when she felt a sting in her right cheek. After stopping, Wu found her face was covered in blood. Ms Wu hailed a passing motorist to help call an ambulance.

Ms Wu was found to have a lead projectile lodged in her mouth. The pellet had pierced her cheek, broken several teeth, and lacerated her tongue.

Police detectives investigating the scene of the incident discovered marks left by 11 projectiles fired into a concrete wall. Traffic monitor footage showed a car at the scene, which led police to the arrest of two men, both named Lee, one 22, and the other 40 years old. In the course of the arrests, police found an air or gas-fired weapon. The weapon had a pistol grip, a long barrel and had been modified to lethal power.

The men have been charged with firearm-related offences and attempted murder. The suspects told police that the shooting was accidental, and that they had merely been testing the weapon by firing it across the road at the concrete wall.

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Lead pellet and tooth fragments removed from the mouth of a woman who was shot in the face in Taipei City, December 7, 2017. Picture originally published by Liberty Times Network.

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